Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/12/11 at 11:01 AM ET
from Sarah Spain of ESPNW,
In 1995, Heather McDaniel made news all over the country as the first woman to officiate a men’s professional hockey game. For a number of years she worked minor league games in the Central Hockey League and the West Coast Hockey League.
In 1999, she got pregnant and stopped working pro hockey. There hasn’t been a female referee in the men’s professional game since.
There are roughly 2,800 registered female hockey officials in North America today, but just a few have worked the men’s game, and none at a higher level than juniors.
Times have changed since McDaniel roamed the ice. The women’s game has developed and flourished, giving accomplished female officials plenty of work without having to cross over to the men’s game.
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